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ERLC Set to Host Leadership Summit on ‘The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation’ March 2015

December 11, 2014

NASHVILLE Tenn., Dec. 11, 2014The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will host its second annual Leadership Summit March 26-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Summits theme is The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation. It will seek to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches.

In light of the national conversation about race in America surrounding the “Ferguson, Mo.”:http://www.russellmoore.com/2014/11/24/ferguson-and-the-path-to-peace/ and “Eric Garner”:http://www.russellmoore.com/2014/12/03/eric-garner-and-the-call-for-justice/ cases, the ERLC will integrate its original Summit plans on the pro-life theme of The Gospel for Life into a large-scale 2016 pro-life conference in Washington, D.C. in partnership with the March for Life.

The 2015 Leadership Summit will take place 20 years after the SBCs historic resolution on racial reconciliation and on the week of the 50th anniversary of The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.

Confirmed Summit speakers include:

“Russell Moore”:russellmoore.com, ERLC President

“John Perkins”:http://www.jvmpf.org/, President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Miss.

“Fred Luter”:http://www.franklinabc.com/pastor, First African-American President of the Southern Baptist Convention and Pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.

“H.B. Charles Jr.”:http://www.hbcharlesjr.com/, Pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fl.

“Robert P. George”:http://www.princeton.edu/politics/people/display_person.xml?netid=rgeorge, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

“Daniel L. Akin”:http://www.danielakin.com/, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

“D.A. Horton”:http://www.dahorton.com/, National Coordinator for Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board

“Trillia Newbell”:http://www.trillianewbell.com/, ERLCs Consultant for Womens Initiatives

Keynote addresses, panels and breakout sessions will focus on how churches can reflect the united kingdom of Christ and be a beacon of hope, clarity and restoration to a culture navigating complex questions about race.

The New Testament is clear that the gospel reconciles us not only to God but also to each other, Moore said. Racism and injustice are not just social ills; they are sins against God. Racial reconciliation is a matter of what gospel we believe and to what mission we’ve been called. This summit will help equip us to tear down carnal divisions, to bring about peace, so that churches reflect the kingdom of God.

The main sessions will be live-streamed on erlc.com. Follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ERLC, @ERLCPress and #erlcsummit.

More information can be found “online.”:https://erlc.com/summit2015

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Bristow

Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author